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Tyler Austin, Artistic Director & Conductor

Dr. Tyler Austin works to redefine the role of the 21st-century wind conductor. Austin serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of Maryland Chamber Winds (MCW), an international ensemble of performers who come together to present an annual concert series and educational outreach program. MCW is ensemble-in-residence for the Maryland Wind Festival, a two-week festival of wind chamber music and outreach based in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland, and the surrounding communities. 

A committed advocate of new music, Austin has commissioned and premiered over 30 works for winds. He founded the annual MCW Composer Commission Project in the Summer of 2016 to produce original works for chamber winds and has headed recording projects to provide composers with professional recordings of their works. He studied orchestration with Zhou Tian at Michigan State University and has been mentored by David Biedenbender and Adam Schoenberg.

Dr. Austin maintains an active career in academia and currently serves as Assistant Director of Bands at Oklahoma State University where he conducts the OSU Concert Band and Frontiers New Music Ensemble. He teaches courses in the Music Education area and holds an additional appointment as Instructor of Bassoon. Austin completed a D.M.A. in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University under Dr. Kevin Sedatole. Prior to his study at MSU, he served as Director of Bands at St. John’s Catholic Prep in Frederick, MD and actively freelanced as a bassoonist with wind bands and orchestras throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He holds an M.M. in Bassoon Performance from the University of North Texas under Professor Kathleen Reynolds, and a B.M. in Music Education from Susquehanna University.

Matthew Angelo, Executive Director & Flute

Flutist Matthew Angelo is an active orchestral, chamber, and solo performer currently based in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he serves as the Orchestra Operations and Personnel Manager for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Matthew has given performances across the United States as well as France, the Czech Republic, and China. He has performed with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Philadelphia Festival Symphony Orchestra, Pocono Pops, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, and is a flutist with the Liberty Wind Symphony.

An active chamber musician, Matthew is a performing artist and founding member of the Maryland Wind Festival and Maryland Chamber Winds as well as the Manor Winds quintet. In 2018 he released a debut album, Three-Nine Line, on the MSR Classics label with flutists Mary Matthews and Nicole Chamberlain. The album features original works by Nicole Chamberlain and has been spotlighted on NPR stations WDIY 88.1FM (Lehigh Valley) and WABE 90.1 FM (Atlanta). One of Matthew’s tracks, Lilliputian for piccolo and music box, has been described as “a highlight of the CD” (Flutist Quarterly), stating that “his tone is sweet and pure, and interpretation effectively straightforward.” Matthew has been invited to perform at the 2016 & 2018 National Flute Association Conventions and has been a guest clinician with the Chester County and York Youth Symphonies.

He received a Master of Music Degree from The Hartt School and as Bachelor of Music Degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. His principal teachers include Dr. Kimberly Reighley and Janet Arms. Please visit www.MatthewJAngeloFlutist.com for more information.

Evan Harger, Assistant Conductor

Evan Harger is Director of Orchestral Activities and Instructor of Music at Marywood University where he teaches courses in music history, world music, conducting, and other subjects. An active guest conductor, Harger has collaborated with the Oregon Mozart Players, the St. Petersburg State Symphony, the Maryland Chamber Winds, and the Riverside Chamber Symphony. Harger is currently completing his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University where he is a student of Kevin Noe. 

An advocate for teaching applied philosophy to music majors, he has presented at the Oxford Conducting Studies Institute on John Dewey’s Philosophy of Mind and how it can inform our rehearsal culture. Additionally, he has presented on the pedagogy of contemporary music and early music for music students. 

Evan is delighted to have been a part of this recording process as Assistant Conductor and Producer, and hopes that the listener experiences as much joy as the musicians did in performing this wonderful music. He would like to thank Music Director Tyler Austin for being such a strong advocate for wind music in the state of Maryland and for being a close friend and colleague.

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